Alan Busenitz has been on fire this season for the Rochester Red Wings; with his success and the Twins bullpen struggles, his road to the show is paved.
In June of 2013 a pitcher from Kennesaw State University was waiting to hear his name called. He finally did in the 25th round when Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Alan Busenitz. Busenitz was more of a reliever than a starter for Kennesaw State University.
He was quick to sign his contract with the Angels and got right to work. At the age of 22 he began his professional career in rookie ball with the Orem Owlz. In 21 relief appearances he pitched 38.2 innings with 27 strikeouts to four walks. Busenitz finished 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA and would start the next season in low-A ball with the Burlington Bees.
With the Burlington Bees, Busenitz had a 1.94 ERA in 49 appearances; he continued to show he wasn’t an ordinary 25th round selection. Despite his stellar numbers he remained with Burlington for the 2014 season but did take over the closer role and recorded seventeen saves.
Busenitz was assigned to the double-A Arkansas Travelers to start the 2015 season. At the start of the season they tried him out as a starter but the success just wasn’t the same. After eight starts he switched back to relief pitching but still hadn’t fully adjusted to hitters at the double-A level. At the end of June 2015, he was sent down to high-A ball with the Inland Empire 66ers.
After posting a 6.75 ERA in double-A Busenitz settled back into his relief role with the 66ers. In 21 appearances he posted a 3.30 ERA and averaged just under a strikeout per inning. His success earned him a roster spot in the Arizona Fall League with the Mesa Solar Sox.
Busenitz first experience with top prospects didn’t go well.
The Solar Sox featured several players who have played in the MLB including Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, Marlins shortstop J.T. Riddle, and A’s pitcher Sean Manaea. He struggled in the competition with top prospects from…